BEACH READS // FUNNY FEMALE MEMOIRS

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15.7.13

Beach Reads: Funny Female Memoirs

We live in a world of male stories, so I wanted to shed a little light on some ladies.  If you like your beach reads light and hilarious, here are some funny female memoirs to check out.

HOW TO BE A WOMAN By Caitlin Moran

“…In the 21st century, we don’t need to march against size-zero models, risible pornography, lap-dancing clubs, and Botox.  We don’t need to riot or go on hunger strikes.  There’s no need to throw ourselves under a horse, or even a donkey.  We just need to look it in the eye, squarely, for a moment, and then start laughing at it.  We look hot when we laugh.”

I’ve noted my love for this book before, but it’s worth another mention.  An older gentleman on a plane next to me side-eyed this title with obvious skepticism one time, and I could hardly resist the urge to tell him how wonderful it is.  Tackling feminism with humor, and chronicling personal milestones, the columnist’s insights are enlightening, empowering, and endlessly entertaining.

BOSSYPANTS By Tina Fey

“It is an impressively arrogant move to conclude that just because you don’t like something, it is empirically not good. I don’t like Chinese food, but I don’t write articles trying to prove it doesn’t exist.”

Yes, let me add my voice to the masses who have already told you to read Bossypants.  Do not read Mindy Kaling’s book right after this, because this is no act to follow.  It’s startlingly rich and important at unexpected moments, effective in its brevity, and keeps you laughing the whole way through.

EVERYTHING IS PERFECT WHEN YOU’RE A LIAR By Kelly Oxford

“Sorry, I thought I was just thinking that.”

Truth:  I spent a good deal of this book mildly annoyed with its writer, who is often lazy, entitled, and selfish–and goes to terrible lengths to brag about being so, turning the childhood task of washing dishes for cash into a full-chapter drama.  But Oxford writes with an unwavering, strong voice and a brand of humor she wears proudly.  It’s both self-deprecating and brazen at once.  It’s not meant to be endearing, but so what?  Her stories indulge the way a guilty pleasure might, but with a whole lot of wit.

DON’T WORRY, IT GETS WORSE By Alida Nugent

“We’re romantic. We’re hopeful. We’re done for. The worst part of this all? The idea of struggle and compromise seems exciting to us-that’s how stupid we are. There’s no stopping fools, I say. We’re still kids at heart. Those dreams are still there. Now we just have to go chase them.”

I’ve been saving this one for Hawaii, because I’m so excited about it.  Twenty-something Alida Nugent of The Frenemy writes about quarterlife so specifically that it’s insane how much I relate.

 

I think writers are the best memoir writers.  Go figure.

(Sidenote:  Can you imagine doing the Bechdel Test in reverse?  How absurd would it seem for an entire film to exist where male characters only talk to each other about women?)

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